Why the Consequences of Hypothermia May Not Be Over Yet

Five More Complications From Hypothermia That You Need to Know About

Paul Hofmann
Specializes in personal injury, with emphasis on maritime, railroad and construction worker tort claims

You have been rescued from the cold water and taken back to land. The doctors have done everything that they can to raise your body temperature after you fell off of your vessel into the cold Atlantic Ocean or after you were exposed to the bitter temperatures on the open sea. However, as your body temperature has slowly been brought back into the normal range there are still concerns that you could suffer long-term serious, and potentially fatal, consequences from the hypothermia.

Think About These Risks—and Talk to Your Doctor

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some of the more serious and long-term effects of hypothermia can include:

  • Pancreas inflammation
  • Lung fluid
  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart problems

Any of these conditions can be serious and potentially fatal. It is important that you talk to your doctor about the risks that you face, the symptoms that you should be concerned about, and about what to do if you develop these symptoms.

It Is Also Important to Protect Your Legal Rights

A serious hypothermia complication can keep you off of your boat for weeks, months, or perhaps even the rest of your life. You might be wondering how you will:

  • Support yourself if you can’t do the maritime work that you know how to do.
  • Pay your medical bills.
  • Get the medical care that you need to relieve your pain, treat your medical condition, and hopefully save your life.

There are laws in place that protect maritime workers and that can help you get the recovery that you deserve. To learn more please read a FREE copy of our pamphlet, Are You a Seaman Injured in a Maritime Accident? Know Your Rights , and please contact us today to learn more about what you can do to protect your legal and financial recoveries.